This was really a trip of a lifetime for our family and I'm so grateful that we got to experience it together.
We traveled overnight to Paris (Charles de Gaulle airport) and arrived around 8:00 am local time. We had arranged for a car service to pick us up and then we'd all go get College Girl so she could move out of her dorm and move in with us. This is where she had lived for the past four months. Her school was about a half hour away by train/metro.
The driver contacted our rental company and found out that our apartment wasn't ready, it was only about 10 am by then so he drove us straight to the rental office. We were able to stow our bags there until the apartment was ready for us. We took off to explore the area. First we stopped for a quick snack and then to the Eiffel Tower (we were in walking distance).
Sleep deprived but happy to be together!
We explored some more on the outskirts of the Eiffel Tower.
We looked down at the Seine...
...and explored our first real European Christmas Village.
The Parisians are masters of display (macarons for days!) By this point we were feeling pretty tired and just ready to relax so we went back to the office to see if by any chance the apartment was ready a little early. It was!
We walked over to the apartment with our greeter (Kevin) and he gave us a quick tour of the place with important information and tips. Thankfully there was a notebook full of the same info because I don't think I retained much of the info. I couldn't stop staring at this view from the living room window!
This is the view from the master bedroom window.
One of the bathrooms
View of the living room/dining room and kitchen
Enjoying some cafe with my girl.
We took naps, made a trip to the grocery store and got settled in our new home for the week. The apartment is called Romanee. I couldn't believe I was actually staying here.
That night we went to Rue Cler, a fancy shopping street near the apartment.
We scoped out some of the restaurants along Rue Cler (every menu is posted outside) and settled on Tribeca for our first dinner in Paris. I had my first Salad Chevre Chaud (hot goat cheese salad). This one had lettuce, cooked green beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and carrots in a tangy vinaigrette dressing topped with melted goat cheese wrapped in puff pastry. #mouthwatering
The house wine was delicious too.
We walked home along Rue Cler and then back to our street (Avenue de la Bourdonnais) where we saw this.
It doesn't get much better. Or does it?
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